If you think of the hashtag #indiegrean as a combination of Austrian dialect with English language, you aren’t far off. I for myself even thought of “Indie music” when I first came across #indiegrean. And even though the whole country is truly & fully filled by music when it comes to wine and food here in the Weinviertel district at the eastern edge of Lower Austria, “In die Grean gehen” literally means to head out of town and into the green. Celebrating the first signs of spring, with a good glass of wine, some local music and naturally, great food that is.
“Jo, wenn’s woit’s, kemma do a glei an Blick einewerf’n …” Talking advanced Austrian (for beginners: “Go come check this out!”), are Josef Pleil, our local wine expert for the day, together with certified (wine) tour guide Herbert Kraus. Both point eagerly at the countless little wine cellars huddled together in their pretty little cellar lanes, a picturesque band of history gone landscape sculpting following centuries of traditional viticulture. The Weinviertel – Nomen Est Omen! – is literally full of wine, and it is the first tender sprouts of wine spring we have come to experience for a day here #indiegrean.
At 10.00 a.m. in the morning, it is with glasses of Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel we stand. Strong.
Walking through the cellar lanes and vineyards, I cannot help but feel pride in the work of our ancestors, who have left us this picturesque, unique cultural wine landscape to look at and enjoy.
Both Josef Pleil and Herbert Kraus are naturally good storytellers, I must say. Or is it the fact we are constantly handed a glass of excellent wine here? Out and about or inside the typical Heurigen wine tavern, stories are what make up the Weinviertel, as much as the wine itself.
At the end of our #indiegrean day trip, the Weinviertel has one more surprise for us: A quick visit to a traditional cellar lane party, “Kellergassenfest”. Must-do and -see here!
Since the beginning of (my) time, “cellar lane parties” are part of what makes up the area I live in. The “Days of the Open Cellar Door” are where people meet, drink, laugh, and spend their whole lives really: Life in this area in the southern Weinviertel, only twenty minutes north of the border with the capital city Vienna, is by no means an exception. Hailing from the nearby Kamptal wine growing area and used to “Kellergassenfest” for as long as I can think, I have to smile at the fact that I am now back as an international travel blogger writing about it for the attention of the world out there.
Love it. Check this out.
… as well as having a look at what my fellow Austrian travel writers have shared from their point of view (Google Translate should help you with a rough idea of their content, plus the pictures are stunning!):
- Angelika (WiederUnterwegs.com): “In die Grean gehen oder: ‘Ein Achterl zum Frühstück’!”
- Lucia (DieKremserinOnTheGo.com): “Willkommen im Windviertel”
- Claudia (Freets.at): “In die Grean gehen: Vom Wein Trinken, Frühling Begrüßen, von windigen Aussichten und alten Kellergassen”
- Martin (Gehlebt.at): “Weinviertler Brauchtum: In die Grean gehen” (with funny, original Weinviertel podcast sounds!)
Offers to organize your stay #indiegrean are available from Easter all the way till May. Check out http://www.weinviertel.at/grean for more!
Disclaimer: We have been invited by Weinviertel Tourismus to head out #indiegrean for one day. Thanks to Angelika for all her help and assistance in the organisation! All opinions are my own.